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EPALE Community: Share your successful projects on workplace adult learning

11/11/2019
po Andrew McCoshan

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As part of our thematic focus on workplace learning, we want to hear from you – the EPALE community – about any successful projects, initiatives and programmes.

Have you been involved in a successful project that aimed to improve or introduce innovation in workplace learning? Perhaps you know of an initiative aiming to train mentors and employers to provide workplace learning? We invite everyone to share their good practice examples and help us build a unique and valuable resource on the topic.

Share your successful project results in the comments below on 13 November and help to inspire the adult learning community across Europe! EPALE Thematic Coordinator Andrew McCoshan will provide live moderation on the day from 10am to 16pm CET.

All the stories shared here will be included in a summary article on EPALE.

 

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Slika korisnika Panagiotis CHATZIPAPAS
"VET Staff and STudents Development" is a project that focuses on longterm mobiities. One of its flows is planned to move 8 students for three months to Cyprus.
The project started on November 12th and placements has started. Students are excited as they have the opportunity to work in companies abroad enjoying not only the training part of the project but the total way of life abroad. Cyprus is a privileged target country for greek students as it is a place where they can be adopted easily. 
We have planned very promising placements in dynamic and innovative companies in various sectors in Cyprus. We cooperate with big contractors in construction sector that flourishes in Cyprus such A. Eracleous LTD and other smaller companies in other sectors but very willing to aceept students and give them a job offer after the end of the project. One of the goals of this project is to make students get the maximum of the competences they can and receive a job offer after the emd of the project. 
At the mpment we have moved 8 students:
two electrical installation
two Nurse assistant 
two car mechanics
two IT 
we wish that they will doi their best to be adopted well in the cypriot working enbvironment and they will manage to get a promising professional development
Slika korisnika Panagiotis CHATZIPAPAS
Thanks to this online change of ideas and experience upon past and future projects. I would like to share our experience on longterm mobilities.
The project 2019-1-EL01-KA116-062304 awarded to 1st Epagelmatiko Lykeio Kato Achaias is a very ambitious project that has planned 4 longterm mobilities. Two in Barcelona Spain, for two students of mechanic sector who will work in companies which install refrigiration systems at houses and industries. The other two students of electrical installations students will work in Limassol, Cyprus in big construction projects. These long term mobilities has been planned for over a year before in close cooperation with the companies and the hosting partners in Spain and Cyprus as well, M&M and Shipcon Limassoi LtD respectively. 
The students started their mobilities on November  12th and we wish they will enjoy their participation in the project and they will have a great impact on their personal and professional development.
We wish that the collaboration with dynamic and innovative companies will lead to a total reformation of the participants professional profile and wil offer them opportunities to work in the target countries, Spain and Cyprus. To choose the target countries we took in consideration the labour market condition and the working staff demand. The two countries have intensive labour demand and the students have already received offers to continue work there after the end of the project. 
Longterm mobilities can help participants and hosting companies to know each other to a high level and develop a well documented collaboration. 
We wish that the results of the project will be fine and will meet our expectations offering a good working environment for our students.
We want to take advantage of long term mobilities to create an ecosystem of international job offer for the qualified students of our school.


Slika korisnika Christine Bertram

A touch late, but I think this might be interesting for some:


The education branch of the German Trade Union Confederation has established an ever growing network of mentors within companies, who support and provide guidance to co-workers who have difficulties with basic skills.

Mentors are fully trained and offered further training to support them in their role.  They act first and foremost as supportive contacts. It is important to break down barriers to talk about difficulties with literacy and numeracy or other basic skills. Once this initial barrier is dissolved, mentors can then guide and sign-post individuals to appropriate courses. In some cases, companies are now offering courses directly for their employees.

The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research as part of the activities of the AlphaDekade (Decade to support literacy and numeracy).


You can find out more about Mento on the Project webpage (German language only): www.dgb-mento.de

Slika korisnika Antoaneta Katzarova
The Centre for Vocational Training with the Bulgarian Industrial Association - Union of the Bulgarian Business is training unemployed and employed persons. A good practice, which we are using ever more often and which is increasingly establishing itself is, as follows: We are holding the practical trainings at a specific employer. This method for training is in its essence training through work. The trainees are acquiring a qualification and work habits at concrete workplaces in the enterprise. On the other hand, the employer is able to assess the qualities of the learners, after which if the two parties so wish, to offer them an employment contract in the enterprise. This practice is beneficial to all participants in the process of acquisition of a qualification - a successful training and a possibility for starting work for the trainees, qualified personnel for the employers, a reasonably delivered training for the training institution and reducing unemployment for the society.
Slika korisnika Andrew McCoshan
It's time to close the live moderation for today's sharing of experiences. Thank you to everyone who took part. All the posts were highly interesting and inspiring! A summary of the posts will be available in the coming days. Many thanks once again! Andrew
Slika korisnika Ton KOENRAAD
Teachers in adult education that are (also) involved in language for specific purposes (LSP) (such as language-for-work) teaching interested in free professional development: keep an eye on the launch of the online course (MOOC) early 2020 by the Erasmus_Project CATAPULT (Computer Assisted Training And Platforms to Upskill LSP Teachers) catapult-project.eu/
The training modules of this programme, with a dual focus on LSP didactics and technology integration, aim to equip practising LSP teachers with the necessary professional skills in the digital era.
Other interesting facilities that the project is developing include 1) a website offering LSP teachers opportunities to promote their services and be accessible for potential students/customers locally and across Europe and 2) a platform to share their professional experiences, insights, teaching materials and (external) resources.

Slika korisnika Anita Līce
Dear Andrew, I would like to share the results of recent survey of employers in Latvia, maybe this information can be useful:
Employers' Confederation of Latvia in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Latvia conducted a survey of employers in 2019 about employee learning activities employers organise. 189 respondents answered.
94 % of them confirmed that employee learning is important for them. 36 % of respondents have specially designated funding for employee training in their budget, but majority of employers cover expenses according to the needs. 
Most popular learning methods are learning from experienced colleagues / mentoring  (used by 98 %), participation in courses or seminars (96 %), organising special initial training for new employees (93%) and providing educational materials (93 %). 76 % invite external lectors or trainers. 71 % of respondents often or sometimes offer acquisition of new qualification for their employees. On average, each employer uses at least 7 different methods for educating employees. Most often employers develop professional and specific skills or competencies in their employees (94 and 93%), however, employers also pay attention to development of key competencies: 79% develop digital competencies, 66% - learning to learn competence, 63% - foreign language skills, 59% - entrepreneurship skills, 56% - social and civic competencies.
The main obstacles to provide employee training - inability to combine training with work schedule and excessive costs.
The companies also shared their examples of good practice which demonstrated that employee training does not always have to be very expensive, but motivation and creativity is even more important. To educate employees, employers design internal games (e.g., a game about values of the company or simulation game about different situations with clients), internal TED talks, internal mobility programmes and other exchanges of experience, and even implement learning activities as campaigns, advocating for importance of learning and involving employees in challenging, self-developing activities.
Slika korisnika Donald Vogli
Hello all,

my name is Donald Vogli and i am Ambassador of EPALE NSS in Albania. I want to thank you for this discussion because it is really needed.

Strengthening learning through work (WBL), to increase connectivity with the labor market and quality of vocational education and training (VET), in line with the reforms underway in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia is the main objective of the project with business ”(STB).

This project, run by KulturKontakt Austria in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Austria, funded by the latter, is being implemented in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia in co-operation with the ministries and agencies responsible for VET.

The STB project supports the quality and importance of the labor market in vocational education and training through the strengthening of Work-Based Learning as one of the priority reforms in the three countries.

We have had also another project called Apprenticeship schemes for Youth Employ ability in Albania (ERASMUS + project). In this project school met business. Our students went into the business and made their practical. Some of the students in the end of the project were employed from the business.
Slika korisnika Ilze Ivanova
It is very interesting to learn about different projects , but it would be interesting to learn - how do we guarantee the sustainability of the activities that  have been started during the project. It happens quite often - the project ends and there is no following activities.

Slika korisnika Ida Karner
With thematic monitoring activities several Erasmus+ National Agencies support good practice projects to be more visible and the topic work-based learning is all over Europe an important topic.

One article in our brochure deals with sustainablity and tries to answer the question how the persistence of EU project results can be supported (Sabine Tritscher-Archan, ibw - Institute for Research on Qualifications and Training of the Austrian Economy).

Here the direct link on the brochure in german/english:
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https://epale.ec.europa.eu/de/node/101514